Question: does sensitivity training or the concept of "not offending or being offended by the foreigners" exist in non-Anglo cultures? I'm under the impression that Americans and Brits have to take extraordinary measures to be sensitive to the cultural dos and taboos of others. but for those others anything goes when the tables are turned. Consider the literally hundreds of books offering advice like "Don't make the thumbs-up sign around Australians" and "Don't offer Arabs objects using your left hand"
Are Japanese businesspeople told that Americans don't mean to offend by not handling an offered business card like a delicate flower? Do Arab businesspeople understand it's not a grave insult if a European or American accidentally reveals the soles of their shoes? Are the French ever told that it's rude to bother American tourists or businesspeople with unsolicited condemnations of the Bush administration or some US foreign policy issue? Are the Spanish told Americans have a large circle of "personal space," and might not be comfortable conversing at an extremely close distance?